Though the song was specifically written for the film, St. Elmo’s Fire, Man in Motion was actually inspired by a news report that singer John Parr and composer David Foster saw about Rick Hansen, a paralyzed Canadian athlete was who going around the world in his wheelchair and rising money and awareness for spinal injury charities.
The Canadian version of this video features footage of Rick Hansen. However, the American version is devoted to promoting the film that the song was written for. The cast of St. Elmo’s Fire looks through the windows at the burned out set of the St. Elmo’s Bar. Because Parr only had a limited availability before he had to return to the UK, this video was shot in one night.